Sunday, October 9, 2011

the 99%

I’ve been fascinated and mildly thrilled by the Occupy Wall Street movement. It started pretty small with the variety of fringe elements and demands that reminded me of my old college Anarchist organization. If you think an Anarchist organization sounds like an oxymoron I can assure you that the ‘meetings’ were exactly as you imagined.
However, the Occupy Wall Street movement is now growing into a real force. There are thousands of people joining in including unions and clergy and the movement is spreading to cities all over the country. And the national media is now taking them seriously.
No matter what your politics every American should get a thrill of seeing a real, spontaneous, non-violent grass roots movement emerge in this country. It’s the truest reflection of what is best about America.

Can such a movement really wake Congress up to the fact that they are there to protect homeowners, teachers, firefighters, credit card users, not large corporations, banks, and billionaires? Well similar movements ended the Vietnam war, segregation, the British occupation of India… Hey a girl can dream.

Want to know what they stand for? Essentially, the 99% of Americans who make less than $593,000.
We are the 99 percent. We are getting kicked out of our homes. We are forced to choose between groceries and rent. We are denied quality medical care. We are suffering from environmental pollution. We are working long hours for little pay and no rights, if we're working at all. We are getting nothing while the other 1 percent is getting everything.
Want to help? You can go here to donate. Just don’t bring it up at Thanksgiving with your hedge fund manager cousin!

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